20 years ago (2002)
Last year's Relay for Life – an overnight fundraiser for cancer programs and research – was wiped out because of severe weather. Noon thunderstorms raised apprehension this year, but all was well as 750 people on 54 teams circled the high school track and raised $140,000, said Kathy Buxton, event co-chair.
30 years ago (1992)
Adding video slot machines to bars and restaurants is not the answer for business owners who say they are losing revenue to casinos, says a top official at Grand Casino Mille Lacs. Brainerd resorters say they can't compete with the low-priced meals that casinos offer, subsidized by gambling proceeds.
40 years ago (1982)
In opening statements by county attorney Steve Rathke and defense attorney Jack Graham, the former Brainerd water and light superintendent is either guilty of deliberate embezzlement, or only of “embarrassing indiscretions.” The former superintendent and two others are on trial accused of illegal sales of scrap copper wire.
60 years ago (1962)
Persons living on the north shore of Squaw Point on Gull Lake got a shock this week when the lake in front of their homes became clogged with weeds. They drifted in on a northwesterly wind and prevent boats from going through them. Ernie Ritari, who owns 600 feet of shore, has already pulled 13 piles, each five feet high and eight feet wide.
80 years ago (1942)
Two Minneapolis men, Orlin Schwab and Lyle Kumph, posted heavy bond today with Sheriff Roy Wickland after their arrest for reckless driving. They were on Hwy 371 five miles south when driving at 80 mph, double the 40 mph limited decreed by Gov. Harold Stassen to save gas.
100 years ago (1922)
The city council met last night to address the bidding on the sewer to be built through the ravine out to Northeast Brainerd. Thirteen bids were opened. The labor group attending, 100 strong, asked that all bids be rejected and local labor employed. The council then met with the two lowest bidders and both said if contract awarded they would use local labor.
28/50: People in the Northern Pacific Railroad depot waiting area, circa 1910. Source: 'Out of the Woods, A Pictorial History of The Brainerd Lakes Area', Published by The Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1994.
29/50: Chicago Tavern on Gilbert Lake circa 1938-1943. Dancing and food. Al LaBarre was the owner. Source: 'Out of the Woods, A Pictorial History of The Brainerd Lakes Area' published by The Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1994.
30/50: State Champion was this Brainerd amateur baseball team of 1894, which later saw two of those players advance to the major leagues. Pictured here are (front row) Frary, catcher; Phyle, rf-pit.; Howe, pit., rf; C. McCarthy, 1st; (middle row) Burgum, shortstop, W.P. Buckley, manager; Hill; 3rd; (back row) W. McCarthy, cf; Blandy, lf; Warner, 2nd. Source: 'Brainerd Minnesota 1871 - 1971'. Reproduced from the Centennial Edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1971.
37/50: Brainerd Fire Department. Dispatch archives
38/50: W.E. Lively, the hustling Maxwell auto dealer, has sold a Maxwell to Joseph Johnson. Pictured is a Maxwell Mascotte Touring 1911 by Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1526033
39/50: This truck belonged to Silas Hall's Transfer Line just after World War I. It was used for hauling freight from the NP (Northern Pacific Railroad) depot to stores around town as well as for other kinds of moving. The picture was taken in front of the railroad freight office. Before the truck, Silas Hal used teams of horses and wagons which he kept at 415 Main (now Washington Street). Source: Brainerd Minnesota 1871 - 1971. Reproduced from the Centennial Edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch.
40/50: The 1916 Brainerd police force, pictured here, included the following men: The plain clothes men at either end were Jack Brandt (left) and Ted Nesheim; (front row, left to right) Charles Varner, chief, and Tom Templeton. (Rear, left to right) Erick Graff, Hans Saude and August Swanson. Source: Brainerd Minnesota 1871 - 1971. Reproduced from the Centennial Edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch.
41/50: This building at Seventh and Laurel, still a well-known landmark in Brainerd, was the home of the Citizen's State Bank, from 1909 to 1927, when the bank then moved to quarters across the street. This picture was taken in 1913. Source: Brainerd Minnesota 1871 - 1971. Reproduced from the Centennial Edition of the Brainerd Daily Dispatch.
42/50: The "fill" grounds skating rink, located near Franklin Junior High School, winter of 1938-39. Source: 'Out of the Woods, A Pictorial History of The Brainerd Lakes Area', Published by The Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1994.
43/50: People in the Northern Pacific Railroad depot waiting area, circa 1910. Source: 'Out of the Woods, A Pictorial History of The Brainerd Lakes Area', Published by The Brainerd Daily Dispatch. Copyright 1994.
44/50: 60 years ago (1959) (Photo) Robert Dobson, 15, is interested in how long he can keep a kite aloft. He launched a kite at 3 p.m. yesterday near the court house and it's still flying despite a near disaster when a truck caught the kite string. The weatherman says it will remain windy today. Photo illustration, Metro Creative Graphics, Inc.
45/50: Brainerd Dispatch archives
46/50: The state hospital campus on Highway 18.
47/50: Santa takes a ride during a Christmas parade in downtown Brainerd.
48/50: Children crowd around Santa during downtown Brainerd Christmas festivities.
50/50: Brainerd Dispatch archives